Wine and dine your way through Tasmania

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If you are planning on spending a weekend in Tasmania, you may want to make a beeline for some of the region's vineyards.

Tasmanian cool-climate wines are something of a feature on the gourmet travellers' tour of the island state, with more and more people coming to appreciate the depth of flavour that can be found in an award winning Shiraz or local artisan drop.

Among some of the more popular visitor destinations are the northern vineyards in Tamar Valley and Pipers River.

Journey down the East Coast for another region with regional characteristics and you will also find a number of equally high-quality wineries just outside of Hobart, such as those in the Huon Valley and Channel, or the Coal River Valley.

Smaller breweries and distilleries can also be found, including the famous Lark Distillery (now starting to attract attention with North American distribution!), where you are sure to find a fantastic whisky behind the bar. Stop a while for a cheeseboard bread and condiments, a coffee or just to relax.

To make the most of your wine tour, you will want to plan ahead and try to organise group or private tours of the different vineyards – which nearly always come with the added benefit of free tastings.

If you wish to do your own individual thing, cellar doors at most establishments will welcome you to explore their range.

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